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International Fleet Review Special Issues.

Commemorative stamp on International Fleet Review was released by President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee at Visakhapatnam on 6th February, 2016.

In addition to Commemorative Stamp, First Day Cover and Brochure, the Department of Posts has also released a booklet (folder) in commemoration of past President’s Fleet Reviews titled “AIKYA”. The booklet contains write ups, photographs and images of stamps brought out on the occasion of past President Fleet Reviews. The booklet was released by Member (Planning), Postal Services Board, Mr. Shekhar Kumar Sinha in presence of Mrs. Sharda Sampath, Postmaster General, Visakhapatnam, Mr. M. Sampath, Postmaster General, Vijaywada and Commodore Amit Vikram on 7th February 2016 at the function held at Visakhapatnam. The booklet is priced at Rs. 325 and can be obtained from Philatelic Bureau, Visakhapatnam.

IFR2016 Stamp Booklet Release function

IFR 2016 Stamp Booklet

A special pack consisting of first day cover, block of 4 stamps and a brochure was also released by Department of Posts. The Department of Posts had established two stalls, one at slipway jetty and another at IFR 2016 village in Visakhapatnam.

IFR 2016 Special Pack

As a part of the various facilities organised for the participants of International Fleet Review 2016 (IFR-16), the Indian Navy in liaison with the Department of Posts extended the facility of ‘My Stamp’ at Visakhapatnam. New ‘My Stamp’ sheet on International Fleet Review depicting warship imprinted with ‘Indian Navy’ was released on 6th February at Visakhapatnam. My Stamp facility was made available at two ‘My Stamp’ stalls, one each at the IFR Village and hospitality centre (slipway jetty) and sheets were made available at the Special discounted price of Rs. 240.

IFR 2016 My Stamp

Image Courtesy: The Hindu | Cdr. G Sri Ramarao, I.N. (Retd.), Visakhapatnam

New addition to 11th Definitive Series on ‘Makers of India’.

Department of Posts has issued one more definitive stamp in new 11th Definitive Series on ‘Makers of India’ in denomination of Rs. 5 depicting Lal Bahadur Shastri. This is 8th stamp in the denomination of Rs 5 in the 11th Definitive Series.

11th Definitive Series 25 p Mahatma Gandhi

Commemorative Stamp on International Fleet Review – 6th February 2016.

Commemorative Stamp on International Fleet ReviewA Naval Fleet Review is a long-standing tradition followed by navies all over the world. It is a grand occasion when every operational ship is spruced up, proudly displaying its crest and its company in a spirit of loyalty and allegiance to its sovereign and the state. The idea of a Review was perhaps conceived as a show of naval might or an inspection of readiness for battle at sea. The Hon’ble President of India being the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, once in his/her term, reviews the Indian Naval (IN) Fleet as part of the ‘President’s Fleet Review’ (PFR). This review aims at assuring the country of the Indian Navy’s preparedness, high morale and discipline. The Indian Navy is the fifth largest in the world, and was known as the Royal Indian Navy in the British Raj.

International Fleet Review (IFR) allows the host nation an occasion to display its maritime capabilities and the ‘bridges of friendship’ and trust it has built with other maritime nations. In India the last IFR was conducted in January 2001, off Mumbai with participation from 29 countries. International Fleet Review 2016 is an International Military Exercise hosted and conducted by Indian Navy on behalf of the President of India. Its objective is to enhance mutual trust and confidence with neighbouring navies by inviting their ships to participate in the event. The Indian Navy conducted the International Fleet Review 2016 at a larger scale from 4th to 8th February 2016, in Visakhapatnam. More than 100 warships from 50 countries, including the US, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea and Australia took part in the event at the Bay of Bengal to showcase naval combat readiness.

President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee released commemorative stamp on the occasion of International Fleet Review 2016 jointly with Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Union Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar and other dignitaries at Visakhapatnam on 6th February, 2016.

Commemorative Stamp on International Fleet Review

Photo Courtesy: PIB

Punpex 2016, 3rd Punjab State Level Philatelic Exhibition - 6th to 9th February 2016.

Punpex 2016, 3rd Punjab State Level Philatelic Exhibition was inaugurated by the Adviser to the Administrator, UT, Chandigarh, Mr. Vijay Dev at DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh on 6th February 2016. Other dignitaries present at the inaugural function were Shri R. S. Dhaliwal, President, Chandigarh Group of Colleges, Shri B. C. Josan, Principal D. A. V. College, Chandigarh, Ms. Achla Bhatnagar, Chief Postmaster General, Punjab Postal Circle, Chandigarh, Ms. Manisha Bansal Badal, Director Postal Services (HQ), Ms. Meenakshi Yadav, Director Postal Services, Chandigarh Region and Ms. Radhika Dhir, SSPO, Chandigarh.

On the inaugural day three special cover and one carried cover was released.

Punpex 2016, 3rd Punjab State Level Philatelic Exhibition

Punpex 2016, 3rd Punjab State Level Philatelic Exhibition

Special Cover on DAV College, Chandigarh – 6th February 2016.

A Special Cover on DAV College, Chandigarh was released at Punpex-2016, Chandigarh.

DAV College situated in Sector 10, Chandigarh was founded in 1958. It is affiliated with Punjab University. DAV College is managed by the Dayanand Anglo-Vedic College Trust and Management Society, founded by Mahatma Hans Raj, and inspired by the visionary Swami Dayanand Saraswati, the doyen of the Arya Samaj who believed that, "True education consists in promoting knowledge, civilized manners, virtuous character, self-control and other moral qualities and in dispelling ignorance". The DAV movement, which started in 1886, aims to develop a scientific approach among the students, coupled with an understanding of their roots in the ancient Vedic Culture.

Special Cover on DAV College, Chandigarh

Special Cover on Chandigarh Group of Colleges, Jhanjeri – 6th February 2016.

Chandigarh Group of Colleges (CGC) Jhanjeri is the one of the best colleges in the North India, providing the best quality of education and various courses. Faculty of Engineering is offering B. Tech (Computer Science Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering) and M. Tech (courses in CSE, ECE). Faculty of Management has the courses for Bachelors’ and Masters’ degrees of BBA and MBA in Management. CGC also offers other courses like BCA (Bachelors in Computer Applications), B.Com (Professional), B. Sc (Agriculture) and B.Sc (Fashion Technology).

Special Cover on Chandigarh Group of Colleges, Jhanjeri

Special Cover on Punpex-2016 – 6th February 2016.

Third Special Cover was released bearing Logo of Punpex-2016 exhibition. Common special cancellation was provided on all three special covers.

Special Cover on Punpex-2016

Carried Cover on Indian Dak Runner (Bhartiya Dak Harkara) – 6th February 2016.

A Carried Cover on Indian Dak Runner was also released on the occasion. Covers were carried on foot by postal runner dressed in ancient Dak Harkara uniform from exhibition venue to delivery destination Chandigarh GPO (Special Cover approval no. PB/11/2016).

The Indian dak runners are predecessors of the postmen we see nowadays and were first appointed by the British Raj. In the early years, "Dak Runners" (Dak Harkara) were the embodiment of "Service before Self." They had to face all sorts of risks, hazards and hardships in carrying mails through jungles, terrains and deserts. In the process, they encountered wild animals, bandits and risked their lives. By evening they had to light a lantern for better visibility and to scare wild animals away but the journey to deliver messages did not stop. There were cases when the Runners on duty were carried away by tigers, drowned in flooded rivers, bitten by venomous snakes, buried in avalanche or murdered by robbers. The dak runners were not merely messengers, but reporters who brought important news from neighbouring villages. Their realm began where the roads ended. They had to cover miles of beaten path, cross rivers, climb mountains and sometimes traverse their own route to deliver the messages. They also played a vital role in the Indian independence movement.

Carried Cover on Indian Dak Runner (Bhartiya Dak Harkara)

Approx. 300 frames are showcased in the exhibition. My Stamp facility and philatelic counter are also set up at the exhibition. Stamp design competition and philatelic workshop were also organized on the inaugural day of exhibition.

Day : 2 : 07.02.2016

On second day of Punpex-2016 three special covers were released.

Special Cover on Butterflies of Chandigarh – 7th February 2016.

A Special Cover on Butterflies of Chandigarh was released on 7th February 2016 at Punpex-2016 to commemorate butterflies of Chandigarh.

Chandigarh is famous for the Butterfly Park located in Sector 26. The park is developed by the department of Forest and Wild life, U. T. Chandigarh and spread over an area of 7 acres with a meticulous landscaping. Special care has been taken to create a good habitat for butterflies. This park is full of vegetation with a variety of trees and shrubs. The park is having wonderful varieties of host plants for butterflies which include Ashoka, Salix, Mango, Citrus, Amla, Palm, Calotrpis and Capris, etc. Flowers and butterflies need each other. To meet this requirement a variety of flowering plants such as Marigold, Petunia, Lantana, Gazenia, Salvia, Dahlia and other species are also planted in the butterfly park.

Butterflies species found in Chandigarh are Common Mormon (Papilio polytes), Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui), Yellow Pansy (Precis hierta), Common Leopard (Phalanta phalantha), Blue Pansy (Junonia orithya), Red Pierrot (Talicada nyseus), Lime Butterfly (Papilio demoleus), Common Sailer (Nepris hylas), Peacock Pansy (Junonia almana), Common Jay (Graphium doson), Common Silverline (Cigaritis vulcanus) and many more.

Special Cover on Butterflies of Chandigarh

Special Cover on Sukhna Wild Life Sanctuary, Chandigarh – 7th February 2016.

A Special Cover on Sukhna Wild Life Sanctuary was released at Punpex-2016.

Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary near Chandigarh spreading over an area of 26 Sq. km. is situated at 1 Km. in the North-East of Sukhna Lake. It forms the part of Sukhna lake catchment area falling in Shivalik hills. Due to its ecological faunal, floral, geomorphological, natural and zoological significance for the purpose of protecting, propagating and developing wildlife and its environment the area was declared as wildlife sanctuary by Chandigarh Administration in a notification dated 6th March, 1998.

The resident mammalian species are sambar, spotted deer (chital), pangolin (anteater), wild boar, jackal, small Indian civet, jungle cat, porcupine, Hanuman langur, rhesus monkey, Indian hare, common mongoose, and three- striped palm squirrel. Prominent among the varieties of birds found in the forest area are peacock, red jungle fowl, grey partridge, cuckoos, night jars, golden oriole, kingfisher, swifts, hoopoes, hornbill, barbets, woodpeckers, rollers, barn owls, parrots, doves, jacanas, plovers, coots, hawks, geese, swan, ducks, grebes, black drongo, tree pie, jungle crow, bulbul, hill myna, koel, bee-eater, common myna etc. There are more than 250 varieties of birds in the sanctuary. The varieties of reptiles including snakes like cobra, rat snake, Common krait, Russell’s viper, Indian python and common monitor (Gho), freshwater turtle inhibits the Sanctuary. The wildlife inhabitant also houses wide variety of butterflies, moth, honey-bee and other micro-organisms in abundance.

Special Cover on Sukhna Wild Life Sanctuary, Chandigarh

Special Cover on Migratory Bird, Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh – 7th February 2016.

A Special Cover on Migratory Birds of Sukhna Lake was also released on 7th February 2016 at Punpex-2016.

Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh is a reservoir at the foothills of the Himalayas, the Shivalik hills. This 3 km² rainfed lake was created in 1958 by damming the Sukhna Choe, a seasonal stream coming down from the Shivalik Hills. Originally the seasonal flow entered the lake directly causing heavy siltation. The lake has been declared as a protected national wetland by the Government of India. Sukhna is a sanctuary for many exotic migratory birds like the Siberian duck, Storks, Cranes, Brahmi ducks, Common Pochards, Red-crested Pochards, grebes, geese, shell ducks, marsh ducks, diving ducks, rails, coots, stilts, hill kingfisher, mallard, pintail, cormorants, Siberian ducks and sandpipers during the winter months. Migratory birds from far away countries arrives at Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary on their annual sojourn. The birds come here from Siberia, China, Afghanistan and the Himalayan region to escape the biting cold climate there.

Special Cover on Migratory Bird, Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh

Day : 3 : 08.02.2016

Three Special Covers were released on the third day of Punpex-2016 Exhibition on health awareness and campaigns.

Special Cover on ‘FIGHT THE BITE’ – 8th February 2016.

A Special Cover on the Campaign ‘FIGHT THE BITE - Let’s make the Chandigarh a dengue free city’ was released.

We all know that mosquitoes can spread serious diseases when they bite and there is currently No Cure and No Vaccine for mosquito-borne disease. The only way to protect yourself and your family is to avoid being bitten. “Fight the Bite,” is a public education campaign for preventing the spread of dengue fever. The Fight the Bite campaign is now used across the United States and in Canada, Europe and Asia.

Special Cover on ‘FIGHT THE BITE’

Special Cover on ‘No Mosquito - No Malaria’ – 8th February 2016.

A Special Cover on awareness about Malaria with message ‘No Mosquito – No Malaria’ was released.

Mosquitoes are generally known as the sneaky pest that creeps up and bites, leaving you with an itchy bump on the surface of your skin. Malaria is an exceptionally harmful disease that causes infection within the red blood cells which can lead a human to endure headache, fever, and to coma. It is particularly prevalent in areas where mosquitoes are very widespread such as tropical regions. No Mosquito No Malaria is a comprehensive anti-malaria campaign run by various organizations in various cities to create awareness about the disease.

Special Cover on ‘No Mosquito - No Malaria’

Special Cover on H1N1 Flu – 8th February 2016.

A Special Cover on awareness about H1N1 Flu, which is curable depicting easy ways to protect the family from H1N1 Swine Flu was released.

The H1N1 flu virus caused a world-wide pandemic in 2009. It was called “swine flu” because the virus was similar to those found in pigs. The H1N1 virus is currently a seasonal flu virus found in humans. It is a respiratory disease caused by influenza viruses that infect the respiratory tract of pigs and result in a barking cough, decreased appetite, nasal secretions, and listless behavior. Transmission of swine influenza viruses to humans is uncommon. However, the swine influenza virus can be transmitted to humans via contact with infected pigs or environments contaminated with swine influenza viruses. H1N1 flu exhibits two main surface antigens, H1 (hemagglutinin type 1) and N1 (neuraminidase type1). Treatment of H1N1 flu is largely supportive and consists of bedrest, increased fluid consumption, cough suppressants, and antipyretics and analgesics for fever and myalgias. Severe cases may require intravenous hydration and other supportive measures. Antiviral agents may also be considered for treatment or prophylaxis. The best treatment for influenza infections in humans is prevention by vaccination.

Special Cover on H1N1 Flu

Covers Courtesy: Vipan Kumar Thakur, Chandigarh

Mappex-2016, 12th Madhya Pradesh State Level Philatelic Exhibition - 5th to 7th February 2016.

Mappex-2016, 12th Madhya Pradesh State Level Philatelic Exhibition inaugurated at Pritam Lal Dua Auditorium, Regal Chauraha, South Tukoganj, Tukoganj, Indore on 5th February 2016. Exhibition was inaugurated by Dr. R. S. Kureel, Vice Chancellor of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar University of Social Sciences in presence of Dr. D D Bhawalkar, Retired Sr. Scientist, Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Shri Ajay Kumar Roy, Postmaster General, Indore Region, Ms. Priti Agarwal, Director Postal Services, Indore and Mr. Dinesh Chandra Sharma, Member of Jury.

Mappex-2016, 12th Madhya Pradesh State Level Philatelic Exhibition

Mappex-2016, 12th Madhya Pradesh State Level Philatelic Exhibition

Two Special Covers and Six booklets were released on the inaugural day of exhibition.

Special Cover on Dr. B. R. Ambedkar University of Social Science, Mhow – 5th February 2016.

A Special Cover on Dr. B. R. Ambedkar University of Social Science was released by the dignitaries on the dais.

Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar University of Social Science, is the first university of Social Sciences in the country, dedicated to the memory and ideals of Bharat Ratna Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, was established by the Government of Madhya Pradesh at his birth place, Mhow on 14th November, 1988, to provide facilities for specialized teaching courses, research, extension, sensitization and training in Social Sciences with a focus on the problems of weaker sections including scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, other backward classes, minorities, women and children. It was established as Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar National Institute of Social Sciences. Now the institute has attained the status of the university and known as Dr. B. R. Ambedkar University of Social Science.

Special Cover on Dr. B. R. Ambedkar University of Social Science, Mhow

Special Cover on Dr. B. R. Ambedkar University of Social Science, Mhow

Special Cover on Unique Hathkargha (Handlooms) of Madhya Pradesh – 5th February 2016.

Another Special Cover on Unique Hathkargha (Handlooms) of Madhya Pradesh with actual specimens affixed on cover was also released.

Madhya Pradesh is the weaving hub of India’s finest handloom traditions and the art of handloom weaving and designing lies at the heart of Madhya Pradesh. Popularity of handlooms in Madhya Pradesh is due to the Chanderi, Maheshwari and other styles of weaving.

Chanderi is a small town in the high dry hills of North central Madhya Pradesh. It has been famous for its handlooms since the reign of the Scindia royal family. These chanderi sarees are produced from three kinds of fabric i.e. pure silk, chanderi cotton and silk cotton. The motifs woven are inspired from nature, such as birds, trees, flowers, fruits and heavenly bodies.

The beautiful Maheshwari sari, a favourite among women of all ages has got its name from Maheshwar, where it is made. This ancient town situated at the banks of river Narmada even finds mention in the Puranas as a place of great religious importance and is now also synonymous with the beautiful weaves created here with the motifs inspired by the local architecture and a striped Pallav.

Bagh printing is traditional handicraft printing work done in the remote areas of Bagh located in the Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh. The history of bagh block printing starts from 1962 when a group of weaver (Muslim khatri weavers) originally from Sindh (now in Pakistan), migrated from the nearby Manavar to Bagh village. Bagh prints have unique hand block printing, printed using vegetable dyes. Bagh prints are trendy, cool and comfortable cloth material. The fabric used originally was cotton, but now tassar, crepe, and silk are being used with excellent results.

Bhairongarh a tiny town near Ujjain, nestled on the banks of River Sipra in Madhya Pradesh, is famed for its elegant batik work with eloquent patterns/designs and contrasting colours. Batik is a method of creating patterns/ designs on a fabric using wax resist technique. The word ‘batik’ originates from the Jawanese (tic means to dot). It is a method of decorating the fabric by covering parts of it with molten wax and then dyeing it. While the wax portion retains the background, the remaining fabric gets dyed, creating contrasting designs on the fabric. Batik is created in various ways. While the screen-printing method involves a stencil, hand drawing requires a special pen. The scratch-and-starch resist is another method.

Special Cover on Unique Hathkargha (Handlooms) of Madhya Pradesh

Six booklets on Women Empowerment, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar and Constitution of India, India’s Saviour’s, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Sachin Tendulkar and Charkha were released on the occasion.

Booklet on Women Empowerment

Booklet on Women Empowerment

Dr. B. R. Ambedkar and Constitution of India

Dr. B. R. Ambedkar and Constitution of India

Booklet on India’s Saviour’s

Booklet on India’s Saviour’s

Booklet on Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Booklet on Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Booklet on Sachin Tendulkar

Booklet on Sachin Tendulkar

Booklet on Charkha

Booklet on Charkha

Day: 2, 06.02.2016

On the second day of Mappex-2016 two special covers were released.

Special Cover on 109 years of National Insurance – 6th February 2016.

The country’s oldest non-life insurer National Insurance Company has completed 109 years. A Special Cover was released to mark 109 Glorious years of National Insurance Company at Mappex-2016, Indore on 6th February 2016.

in Kolkata on 5th December, 1906 to fulfill the nationalist aspiration for Swaraj. 66 years later, after nationalisation it was merged along with 21 foreign and 11 Indian companies to form National Insurance Company Ltd, one of the 4 subsidiaries of the Govt. owned General Insurance Corporation of India. It was also the first Indian insurance Company to enter into Strategic Alliances with the country’s largest Automobile manufacturer M/s Maruti and Two Wheeler major M/s. Hero Moto Corp and many others.

Special Cover on National Insurance 109 years – 6th February 2016.

Special Cover on Police Training College, Indore – 6th February 2016.

A Special Cover on Police Training College, Indore was released on second day of Mappex-2016 at Indore.

Police Training College, Indore is the largest police training centre of Madhya Pradesh having capacity of 1500 trainees at a time. It's a centre of excellence for constables. The Police Training College predates country’s independence. It was used for the training of Holkar State’s army. It was designated as a training centre for police inspectors in 1948 and in July 2012 it was upgraded as Police Training College. More than 66 batches of nearly 15,000 inspectors have received training at the college. This is the only police training college in the state where male and female inspectors are imparted training side by side.

Special Cover on Police Training College, Indore

Day: 3, 07.02.2016

Special Cover on Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv – 7th February 2016.

A Special Cover on Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv was released on last day of Mappex-2016 at Indore.

Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv is one of the four “Kumbh Melas” celebrated by largest spiritual gathering. Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv is rejoiced by holy dip in the sacred river Kshipra in ancient and religious city Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh). Simhasth Kumbh Maha Parva is based on the celestial line-up of Planets and the Signs of the Zodiac, which occurs every 12 years. “Kumbh” in its literal English translation means “Pot”, which emerged from “Samudra Manthan” (Churning of the Ocean) between Gods and Devils. The term ‘Mela‘ signifies’Fair‘. Kumbh Mahaparv is held at four places in India – Haridwar, Prayag (Allahabad), Ujjain and Nasik. At Ujjain, Kumbh Mahaparv is specifically called “Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv” because the Sun (in Sanskrit “Surya”) is in the zodiac Aries (“Mesh” in Sanskrit) and the Jupiter (“Brahaspati” in Sanskrit) is in the zodiac Leo (in Sanskrit “Simha”) when it takes place. There are ten unique and uncommon yogs which exist and facilitate the organizing of Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv.

This time Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv is going to take place from April 22nd to May 21st 2016 (in Sanskrit Chaitra Shukla Purnima – Vaishakha Shukla Purnima, Vikram Samvat 2073). The holy dip in river Kshipra is taken on the auspicious day at a defined time at which it is believed that ‘Nectar’ from ‘Kumbh’ was dropped in the pious river. It is believed that taking a dip in river Kshipra on this ocassion purifies the soul and overcomes all the sins.

Special Cover on Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv

Image Courtesy: Om Prakash Kedia, Indore

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